HINSDALE – The Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education learned that the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association has conducted a vote of its membership authorizing the union to strike, according to a media release sent Monday from District 86 school board president Richard Skoda.
The teachers association is the exclusive bargaining representative of the district's 377 teachers.
National Education Association representative of District 86 teachers Naomi Shepherd called for the strike vote before the end of the current school year and prior to the expiration date of the current contract between the board and its teachers. The strike vote occurred the same week as the first mediation session between the board and the teachers, according to the statement.
After five bargaining sessions, the board agreed May 5 to the teachers association's request to jointly seek the involvement of a third-party mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. However, the board perceived that the move indicated a "shared desire" to reach an agreement that will serve the best interests of all District 86 stakeholders, according to the statement.
The action taken by the teachers association does not "necessarily mean" that a strike will occur. The District 86 teachers may not legally strike prior to the expiration of the current contract June 30 and not before following certain statutory procedures including notice of intent to strike, according the statement.